One of the best parts of this time of year is that the outdoor light diplsays start popping up. They bring a lot of beauty to the early evening darkness and look amazing when the snow falls (I know, I'm sorry, but it's going to happen eventually and we can't deny it).
If you live in an apartment, condo, or old house, you probabaly lack the outdoor outlets necessary to put on a Griswold-worthy light display ... or maybe you just don't want the electricity bills. But what if you want to get into the spirit and light up your house? Solar and battery-powered LED lights are becoming increasingly easy to find. They do throw a cooler light than old school incandescents, but use much less energy and last for a long time.
These Phillips LED solar lights are available at Target ($19.99):
These stars from Eco-Geek Living are pretty and patriotic, as well as Earth-friendly ($39.99, on sale for $34.99):
Net lights like these available at Amazon.com take the frustration out of trying to get the lights exactly even on outside shrubs ($18.72):
Tube lights can be repurposed along the edge of a floor in a porch or breezeway after the holidays, like these from EarthTechProducts.com ($49.98);
You can even have a wreath glistening from the front door, from Taylor Gifts ($14.98):
If you're worried that your climate doesn't get enough sun to even keep energy-sipping LED lights going, try these battery-powered ones from 1000bulbs.com; they are indoor-only but could be strung inside a window ($3.92).
With all these choices, you should be a lock to win the neighborhood decoration contest.